January 26, 2006

The Digital Content Protection Act of 2006?

From the EFF:

Fair use has always been a forward-looking doctrine. It was meant to leave room for new uses, not merely "customary historic uses." Sony was entitled to build the VCR first, and resolve the fair use questions in court later. This arrangement has worked well for all involved -- consumers, media moguls, and high technology companies.

Now the RIAA and MPAA want to betray that legacy by passing laws that will regulate new technologies in advance and freeze fair use forever. If it wasn't a "customary historic use," federal regulators will be empowered to ban the feature, prohibiting innovators from offering it. If the feature is banned, courts will never have an opportunity to pass on whether the activity is a fair use.

Fair use redefined. "Historic use" will kill innovation. "Historic use" is a joke. Write your senator about this now while it's still in draft.

Posted by: Warren Kelly at 05:08 PM | Comments (2) | Add Comment
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1 I have not been a fan of the Napster folks, but this is an outrage.

Posted by: Ryan DeBarr at January 27, 2006 10:43 PM (EZnB/)

2 AND short-sighted. All because the record companies want more money.

Posted by: Warren at January 28, 2006 01:20 AM (DPRNU)

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